April 15, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
Users of many Motorola Android devices have been clamoring for an unlocked bootloader for quite some time. There have been petitions signed, social media accounts spammed, and users have really shown that bypassing that unlocked bootloader means a lot to them. While Motorola hasn’t been much help in unlocking bootloaders, there has been some development going on to fix the problem once and for all. While many Motorola phones are still without an unlocked bootloader, users who own the Motorola Droid RAZR now have the option to simply bypass it completely.
XDA Recognized Developer kholk, member of the EternityProject with the help of XDA Forum Member embeem or [mbm] for short, has released the rumored Kexec project, which allows users to bypass the bootloader signature checks and ignore the fact the bootloader isn’t unlocked. Simply put, this is a giant step forward for Motorola Droid RAZR development. Users can now do pretty much anything that users with unlocked bootloaders can do, including flashing custom kernels. Yeah, pretty exciting stuff. However, this is a beta release and there are some issues. Says kholk:
- CPU1 doesn’t come up.
- It fails on (some?) CDMA Droid RAZRs
While there are still some kinks to work out, the EternityProject team is working to bring users the finishing touches, so users need to remain patient. Rumor has turned into an official beta release. Now it’s just a hop, skip, and a jump until there’s a stable version for all RAZRs.
For additional information, download links, screen shots, instructions and more, head on over to the original thread. Be sure to follow all instructions to the letter.
April 10, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
There’s only so much awesome one can cram into a title, which is why there’s typically several hundred works to describe it underneath. For those who own the Motorola Droid RAZR, you have experienced quite a bit of awesome things in the recent past including some developments that have flung the doors wide open on development. This is no different. XDA Elite Recognized Developer and XDA TV Producer AdamOutler has released a one-click-root method called CASUAL—or Cross-platform ADB Scripting Universal Android Loader—for the Droid RAZR, and it’s a truly unique piece of work. While it’s only in beta testing right now, AdamOutler will be supporting this nifty application until bugs are gone and beyond.
Being JAVA-based, CASUAL is compatible for the big three—that would be Windows, Mac, and Linux. The application itself uses a nice, easy to understand interface, and the popular MotoFail root exploit. Since it is beta, Adam asks anyone who experiences problems to post logs in the thread to aid in debugging. And, of course, any suggestions are welcome in thread as well. Along with rooting the device with a single click, the application also gives voice feedback. Beat that, other root methods. As if that weren’t enough, AdamOutler has designed the application so that the .jar can be opened up and the build.properties can be changed to form an entirely different application with different functions. Does it stop there? Of course not. Here are a few scripts AdamOutler threw together that change CASUAL’s functionality to pretty much whatever you want it to be.
Users of the Moto RAZR have been waiting awhile for a slam dunk piece of development to show up, and if this application dunked any harder, Kobe Bryant’s head would explode. Additional information, all the usual disclaimers, download links, instructions, and much more can be found in the development thread.
Not long ago we brought you news about the Multi Boot Manager for the Motorola Defy, which gave users the opportunity to boot multiple iterations of Android on their devices. There are other, similar boot managers out there that allow many other devices to do virtually the same thing. Now the same can be said for the Motorola Droid RAZR.
XDA Senior Member [TSON] has brought the Boot Manager application over to the Droid RAZR for users to take full advantage of booting multiple ROMs. The only thing holding anyone back is SD card space. For the free version, unfortunately, users are restricted to only two ROMs, but dual booting is better than single booting.
Users need to be rooted with a custom recovery and on a 2nd-init main ROM. Also, the ROMs they flash must have the same radio and kernels. Other than that, users can flash whatever two ROMs they want with Boot Manager and still take advantage of a nice list of features including:
We have a beautiful UI
A nearly completely fail-safe system implemented
Boot Manager can automatically sync your SMS and your call logs as well.
Included in the thread are also some pro troubleshooting tips and even an altered version of GAPPS that work within the boot manager installation system. Everything is wrapped up in a nice, neat little bow—much like Christmas.
Check out the development thread for additional details, download links to everything you need, the troubleshooting tips, and instructions on use.
Motoblur has gotten a bad rap in its earlier days as an OEM skin. Unlike early iterations of HTC Sense and TouchWiz that were bloated but still usable, MotoBlur was almost unanimously considered unusable. However, now that Motoblur has been streamlined and given far less bloat, it’s only fair that we give it another shot.
Users now have access to the newest iteration of Motoblur launchers thanks to XDA Senior Member RockoDev. Both launchers provided by the developer are for Ice Cream Sandwich phones only, and give users the Motoblur experience without actually needing to buy a Motorola device.
The launchers, based on files from the Motorola Droid RAZR, will give any phone running 4.0 and higher a chance to check out the newest Motoblur. Users simply need to download one of the two APKs and either ADB Push them to system or use their favorite root-enabled file manager to move it there manually. Reboot and voila!
For those who would rather not use ADB or a root file manager to deposit the system files, RockoDev has promised flashable zips in the near future, so simply check back every couple of days if you’d rather go that route. Of course these APKs are just launchers, and not the whole Motoblur experience, but we all know how much of an impact changing your launcher has.
Additional information, download links to both APKs, instructions, and screen shots can be found in the application thread.
In this week’s XDA Unboxing, XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler takes a look at the Motorola Droid RAZR. This week’s video deviates a bit from his usual unboxings by talking about hardware design and why user-serviceable design is important.
In the video, Adam also urges other manufacturers to not follow Motorola’s lead in order to avoid creating devices that are disposable, cannot be modified, and cannot be serviced. Thankfully for Droid RAZR owners, Adam is running a beta test of the CASUAL (Cross-platform ADB Scripting, Unified Android Loader) framework on the RAZR.
So pause what you’re doing and check out the video below! This video, and the rest of our XDA TV clips can be found on our YouTube channel.
AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note users might want to have a look at this. With all the interesting stuff going on with NFC (Near Field Communication), from using Google Wallet to make real-life purchases with your phone to contact sharing and even initializing multiplayer games, it’d be a shame to have a NFC chip in your device and not be able to use it. Some of the more notable devices that have the NFC chip include the Samsung Galaxy S II, the Motorola Droid RAZR, and the HTC Amaze 4G.
The Korean version of the Galaxy Note has an activated NFC chip. Now, thanks to XDA Forum Member fox689, AT&T Note users can enable the NFC chip on their own devices. From the original thread:
This flash contains an xml permissions file and the Tag.apk from the Canadian ROMs.
Once you’ve flashed this you will have the option to turn on NFC in Wireless Settings as well as be able to install NFC apps from the Play Market.
If you’d like to give it a shot on your Note, check the original thread for download links and install directions. You will have to flash this mod through recovery, so be sure to make a full backup of your device and read all instructions before you jump in.
March 31, 2012 By: Ian Stacy
Thanks to a post by XDA Forums Member jm700wx, it has come to our attention that the fabled ICS update for the CDMA version of the Motorola Droid RAZR has been leaked and is available for users to install. In addition to all your favorite ICS apps, the ROM also contains several updates and bugfixes, as well as the previously unreleased upcoming version of Motoblur—Motorola’s infamous Android UI replacement with a focus on messaging and social networking.
If you’d like to give it a try, XDA Senior Member yalkowni has put together a quick guide to install the update and keep root with links to all necessary files. The process for installing the leak is fraught with peril and will wipe your entire device, so before trying ANYTHING be sure to completely back up your RAZR. He mentions that you must install this update from stock .173 so you should be familiar with RSD Lite before attempting to do anything. If you’d like to get the update running on your own handset, you can find his guide in the ROM thread.
March 19, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
Newer Android devices have more space than their predecessors—a lot more, in many cases. It wasn’t long ago that Android phones came with 512MB of space and users had to have an SD card if they wanted more content than that. Even some devices that were released as early as last year still rock 1 – 4 GB of internal memory, necessitating the need for an SD card. Even with the newest generations coming out with 16GB and 32GB of storage, users still seem to prefer their SD cards over the actual internal storage for ease of use and mobility.
For owners of the Motorola Droid RAZR, you can take it one step further. XDA Senior Member pajn has released a few easy-to-flash .zip files that will tell the RAZR to mount the external storage as internal storage and vice versa. That means that on boot, the external SD card becomes the internal SD card and vice versa. There are enough uses for this mod as it is, including making MIUI Music Player work, or for applications that don’t support being placed on external SD cards including applications with widgets.
In most cases, users will have to re-install many of their applications, but this is nothing a good old fashioned application restore won’t fix. For those who want to switch back to normal, yet another .zip will put it back to normal with ease. You can find everything you need to get started in the original thread. This mod is pretty cool and seems like it could be a stepping stone to something bigger. As usual, don’t forget to make back ups before attempting.
March 2, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
Downloading apps—especially high end, 3D games—on the Android Market can be a hit or miss experience. What you can install depends on the device you have and, in some cases, even phones with the same hardware, but different firmwares can’t access the same applications. In these cases, we turn to the all powerful build.prop file.
XDA Forum Member Sh4itan has brought some tweaks to the table that will help Motorola Droid Razr owners access more games from the Android Market than they could previously. XDA Forum Member therazrguy has also posted a similar method with different build.prop tweaks. In both tweaks, the concept is pretty much the same. Basically, you’re changing the build.prop so that it thinks you’re actually on a different phone than you actually are. therazrguy prefers the following changes:
ro.product.model to LT18i (or any other which you want)
ro.product.brand to SEMC (or any other which you want)
ro.product.device to LT18i (or any other which you want)
However, that method is having limited success. Sh4itan’s method is:
change ro.product.model to “Nexus S”
change ro.product.manufacturer to samsung
Both methods could work and both are definitely worth checking out. Just be sure to make a backup of your build.prop before attempting just in case something goes horribly wrong.
While these methods are written for the Motorola Droid Razr, it should be noted that this method could actually work on almost any device—though games will typically only work on devices with a PowerVR SGX 540 GPU.
February 29, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
The most significant difference between the Motorola Droid Razr and it’s brother, the MAXX, is the MAXX’s larger battery. Now, those with the original Droid Razr can have that extra battery life if they desire. XDA Senior Member Wardo5757 has successfully taken the battery and battery door from the Droid Razr MAXX and implanted it into the regular Droid Razr, resulting in longer battery life for the original Razr.
The method does have its dangers, though, and anyone who attempts it should be extra careful in doing their homework before attempting as this could cause serious damage to the phone, battery door, and battery. The door is not easy to open and the battery is sealed in, but both are removable if you’re careful and daring. From there, it’s just putting the battery and door from the MAXX onto the original Razr and reaping the benefits. The one downside is that there is a small gap in the SIM card door and the battery cover which, which will affect the Razr’s resistance to water and dust.
More information, screen shots, and discussion can be found in the original thread.
February 9, 2012 By: ElCondor
They hit the portal now and then: utilities that combine all major functions needed to hack a device. Though this news might not be of interest for you simply because you don’t have a Droid Razr, it is definitely great news for proud owners of their, according to Motorola “impossibly thin”, Droid Razr. XDA member mattlgroff has come up with a program which basically does everything that’s needed to enjoy all of the goodness that comes from the XDA forums and around. Whether it is a simple reboot, root for Ice Cream Sandwich or install Bootstrap Recovery app – this tool will have it for you. It also comes with a restore function, which normally takes a few manual steps.
Both GSM (XT910) and CDMA (XT912) Droid RAZR’s are supported and the packages come in two flavors: Full and Lite. Although mattlgrof released this tool for Windows operating systems only, XDA senior member sevenup30 was able to convert the script to work on Linux/Apple too. This script hasn’t been tested thouroughly, so any feedback would be welcome for the developer. Continue on to the RAZR utility thread to start downloading!
January 30, 2012 By: liwen
Guess what, Motorola? You got us shouting at you again. You delivered a special Developer Edition of the RAZR, but how are existing owners of the Droid RAZR going to unlock their bootloaders? No way. Do you seriously expect them to dish out money to buy a brand new device just to get a bootloader unlock?
Motorola Mobility Inc. has become famous for its lies, slanderous ways, and tendency to flat out prove time and time again that it cares not for its customers after they walk out of that store with their Motorola-branded device. Since the early days of Android, post Droid 1, we have sat down and took our locked bootloaders like a man. There came to be a boiling point – and a full-out war was launched on their social media sites. Sound familiar? The same thing that worked with HTC and now with Asus. We received a generic “second half of 2011″ timing. Guess what! It’s now Q1 2012, and not only have they missed their deadline, but they have given an official announcement of their plans… to release a completely separate version of the RAZR with an unlockable bootloader. This is unacceptable for those of us who dished out 800 dollars to get our phones on the first few days in hopes that our devices would be unlocked, and even MORE unacceptable for Droid 3, Bionic, and other Motorola users. DOWNRIGHT UNACCEPTABLE. Motorola has screwed us over. Again.
But we here at #OPMOSH aren’t done. Raise your voices – let’s make ourselves heard yet again, to let Moto know that this “Developer Edition” had better be available either as a trade for our devices, paying the difference, or not at all, since we all bought our devices in hopes for them to keep their word in the first place. Everyone counts!
Find out how you can help in the forum thread.
January 30, 2012 By: Sam Caplat
You asked for it, they promised, failed to deliver, got shouted at, and now it’s coming. Motorola just announced the release of their European Droid RAZR variant, with a US version coming later. The variant allows for the user to unlock the bootloader through MOTODEV, their global developer network.
Motorola went on to say “In the coming months, we also plan to introduce an unlockable developer device in the United States [...] Stay tuned to Motorola’s Developer site for additional info.”
Motorola evidently made a claim they couldn’t keep by saying they hope “to enable the unlockable/relockable bootloader currently found on Motorola XOOM across our portfolio of devices starting in late 2011…” It’s now early 2012, and this is all we get. Hopefully they’ll announce developer variants across their portfolio sooner rather than later. You don’t want OPMOSH shouting at you again, do you?